Prime Minister Beata Szydło at the inauguration of the academic year in Cracow: in science and education we emphasise quality

The quality of science is our priority. It is our ambition for Polish universities to be as high in global rankings as possible, argued Prime Minister Beata Szydło, who on Wednesday inaugurated the academic year at the Hugo Kołłątaj University of Agriculture in Cracow.

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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Strengthening the cooperation between science and business

We need wise students, fulfilling their ambitions and dreams, who shall build our future. Combination of Polish science, economy and culture shall be the success of our country. I deeply believe that we shall build this success together, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło to students, staff and authorities of the University of Agriculture in Cracow.

The Prime Minister emphasised that thanks to the development of science and higher education we were building our future, hence they were the priorities of the government. They are also in line with the premises of the Responsible Development Plan, which emphasises close cooperation between science and business and translation of results of research into the development of national economy.

A new direction for the development of Polish universities in agreement with the scientific community

On the occasion of the inauguration of the academic year in Cracow the Prime Minister Beata Szydło reminded that the government was introducing solutions for the benefit of Polish universities and researchers. It is important to us that higher education develops, but also that theses changes are consulted and drafted together with the scientific community, assured Prime Minister Beata Szydło. She also added that her cabinet promoted quality, high class universities and departments. It also provides opportunities for ambitious people from smaller academic centres across Poland, which do not have long tradition.

The future of Polish rural areas, forestry and climate policy

The head of the government emphasised that while at the University of Agriculture in Cracow, she had to refer to the future of agriculture and forestry. Agriculture is an important sector of economy, our national pride, said Prime Minister. She also added that if faced a number of challenges, including adaptation to European Directives. It is our duty to fight for Polish agriculture and forestry, so that they can compete with the best, argued Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

She thanked the professors from the University of Agriculture in Cracow for the assistance they were providing to the government in the debate on the future of Białowieża Forest. Climate policy is of utmost importance to Polish government, what happened in Paris and what is happening in Brussels, when decisions are taken on ratification of ground breaking, also for Poland, Paris Agreements, emphasised Prime Minister Szydło. Prime Minister added that thanks to the efforts of the government and ratification of agreements from the climate summit, the development of Polish economy was guaranteed on the basis of the domestic potential, including state forests.

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